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What does “success” looks like for WDC’s projects and campaigns

Perhaps one metric for success that we should strive for is to have the number of North Atlantic right whales greater than the number of people working to save them. With fewer than 500 North Atlantic right whales remaining, we are far from meeting that goal. The fatalities they face from ship strikes and fishing gear…

Watch out whalers – Breach is coming!

I’m delighted to say that Breach! – the independent film exposing the cruelty, arrogance and stupidity of Icelandic whaling activities which I blogged about recently – has reached its funding target meaning that it can now be completed and aired in Iceland and hopefully a host of other venues this summer! I’ve spoken several times…

Those Big Eyes…

Hi Everyone, We had a surprise little visitor on the slipway at North Kessock the other day – a lovely young female Common or Harbour seal. She had come up onto the concrete for a rest and was perfectly healthy and after I had a thorough look at her to make sure that she was,…

Why do loopholes always favour the bad guys?

It’s well known, of course, that Japan has killed whales for decades by exploiting a loophole in IWC legislation (under Article VIII of the International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling, the IWC’s founding treaty) which permits member states to issue ‘special permits’ to their nationals to whale under the guise of ‘scientific research’.  So…

Please support proposal to list Lolita as ‘endangered’ by March 28th

Lolita, the lone female orca held in captivity at the Miami Seaquarium in Florida, may have a chance to step closer to freedom but needs your support this week – the deadline is Friday, March 28th. Following a petition, which WDC supported, to include Lolita as a protected member of the endangered southern resident orca…

Best practice in rescue

Finding a live stranded dolphin or whale on the shore is always an unexpected and deeply emotional experience. There is little that can prepare you for it. Largely without government funding, the rescue of dolphins and whales is generally undertaken by passionate volunteers. Hopefully a veterinarian with experience of marine species will oversee the rescue,…